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Which Classical Music To Choose For Your Wedding Ceremony


The use of classical music can turn any wedding ceremony into an act of great beauty.

Classical music can add romance, class, set the tone for each part of your ceremony, and paint a unique sound picture of your special day.

Not only will people remember the visual treat of the the blushing bride, the beautiful wedding dress, the spectacular cake, the gorgeous flowers – they will also remember “the music”. It will stick in their minds for years to come.

If you hire a String Quartet or Harpist to provide the music for the ceremony, then they will usually provide some suggestions about the choice of music. However, you have to be careful that they are not just suggesting pieces that they would prefer to play – rather than what you would like.

If you are not familiar with Classical music, then the choice can be quite daunting. However, here is a list of beautiful music, which has been tried and tested by professional String Quartets playing at weddings for many years.

The Bride’s Entrance Music – The Processional

  • Pachelbel – Canon in D
  • Trumpet Voluntary – J.Clark
  • The Wedding March – Mendelssohn
  • The Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin) – Wagner
  • Water Music – Handel
  • Ave Maria – Bach-Gounod
  • Ave Maria – Schubert

Signing of the Register or Marriage License

  • String Quartets – Mozart
  • Divertimenti – Mozart
  • Pachelbel – Canon in D
  • Air on a G String – Bach
  • Flower Duet – Delibes
  • Passacaglia – Handel

Exit Music – Recessional

  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
  • Wedding March – Mendelssohn
  • Diverimenti – Mozart
  • Water Music (Hornpipe) – Handel
  • Alla Danza – Handel
  • Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring.

This list is, of course, not exhaustive. However, it does give you a excellent starting point to work from.

An excellent example programme from the list would be:

  • Processional – Pachelbel – Canon in D
  • Signing the Register – Air on a G String and the Flower Duet
  • Recessional – Arrival of The Queen of Sheba.

Pachebel’s Canon is quiet and very beautiful. Air on a G String is contemplative and The Flower Duet is beautiful, joyful, and uplifting. Finally, The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba is grand, fast, and joyful. It is a marvellous piece of music for the Recessional and will have you and your husband skipping back up the aisle.

If you do not know what some of these pieces sound like, then do not worry. All you have to do is type the name of the piece followed by MP3 into Google. You will then find lots of sites where your can listen or download the music for free.

So,  now you can choose the music for your wedding as you surf!

Not even The Beach Boys could do that…

Source by Michael Breck


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